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Polar Service Centers breaks ground on manufacturing facility for JARCO

June 30, 2014 - By

Polar Service Centers’ JARCO business unit held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Salem, Ill. The facility is being built to meet growing demand for JARCO’s product line, featuring bobtail truck-mounts and semi-transport trailers that are primarily used to haul propane, the company says. JARCO, in existence for over 50 years, added transport trailers to its traditional... read more

Growmark veteran tabbed as CEO

June 30, 2014 - By

Growmark Inc. named Jim Spradlin the company’s next CEO. Spradlin will move into the position Sept. 16, replacing Jeff Solberg who will retire in September. According to a press release, Spradlin has held a number of positions with Growmark, including energy division manager at one time. read more

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In the Know: Safety steps to take before winter

June 28, 2014 - By and

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on safety, addressed by financial consultant and business valuations and sales expert Tamera Kovacs. Q. What are the most important safety measures propane retailers can take now to prepare for next winter? A. Now that winter is in our rearview mirrors, it’s... read more

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Propane fireplaces recalled due to laceration hazard

June 27, 2014 - By

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall on two Napoleon propane fireplaces from Canadian manufacturer Wolf Steel Ltd. According to CPSC, a laceration hazard exists because pressure from ignition of the gas can cause the glass front to break. An incident was reported in Canada, where glass shattered and resulted in cuts to a person’s face and neck... read more

Wisconsin bus companies invest in autogas vehicles, infrastructure

June 26, 2014 - By

Two Wisconsin-based transportation companies – Lamers Bus Lines and Badger Bus – are adding a combined 57 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses to their fleets. Lamers, a 70-year-old company that transports students from Milwaukee Public Schools, added 41 new Propane Vision school buses to its fleet, according to a press release. The company is also installing an onsite 30,000-gallon... read more

Corn growers urged to make propane purchasing decisions earlier

June 26, 2014 - By

Even though harvest season is months away, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is encouraging farmers to plan ahead for their propane needs this fall and winter. “It’s absolutely essential that farmers plan ahead for their propane needs,” says Ryan Buck, MCGA president, in a press release. “There’s a good chance that the days of having propane delivered as you... read more

GPS fleet-tracking systems are cloud-based

June 26, 2014 - By

TouchStar released cloud-based telematics systems in iTrack and intelliTrack. According to a press release, the systems give dispatchers insight into vehicle location in near real time. The company says two benefits of the systems are lower overall fuel costs and enhanced vehicle security. According to the company, iTrack is a GPS fleet-tracking system that provides fleet managers and dispatchers insight... read more

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New research changes fire code to benefit barbecue cylinder sales sites

June 25, 2014 - By and

Industry-initiated adjustments to fire code regulations are expected to further stoke the cylinder exchange marketplace. An ambitious scientific study determined that the steel and aluminum cabinets currently in use are sturdy enough to provide adequate protection from cars and SUVs crashing into them at typical parking lot speeds. The National Propane Gas Association’s (NPGA) Cylinder Exchange Council and the Propane... read more

Rail safety and the propane industry

June 23, 2014 - By and

The railroad’s responsibility runs only so far and then we’re on the clock. When Ayn Rand wrote “Atlas Shrugged” in the 1950s, there was great consternation about rail efficiency and safety. Great industrialists like James J. Hill employed and possibly exploited the immigrant masses when they forged trails of steel rails and the infrastructure that spans our great country. Today’s... read more

Former LP Gas editor Chastain dies

June 23, 2014 - By

Ronald “Zane” Chastain, the endearing longtime editor of LP Gas who served the magazine across four decades, died June 21 in Duluth, Minn. He was 83. Chastain started with the magazine in 1974 and took on a number of roles in his many years with LP Gas, including publisher, advertising sales representative, photographer and designer. He remained publisher into 2000... read more